Sheriff Strongly Opposes Senate Bill 835

He says it will make Maryland a ‘sanctuary state.’

Frederick, Md (KM) Legislation which would prohibit state agencies from cooperating with the federal government in enforcing immigration laws, and in arresting, searching or detaining individuals suspected of being in the US illegally is making its way through the Maryland General Assembly.

The bill follows raids conducted across the country by Immigration and Customs Enforcement which increased under the Trump Administration, although many were planned before Donald Trump took office.

On a recent edition of “Mid-Maryland Live” on WFMD, Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins criticized the bill, saying it would make Maryland a “sanctuary state.” He leveled some strong criticism against one of its co-sponsors, Frederick County State Senator Ron Young. “As far as I’m concerned, Ron Young cares more about the people in this country illegally committing crimes than he does about the citizens of this county and this state,” Jenkins said. “Anything that happens forward, he’s complicit in the crimes, as far as I’m concerned.”

WFMD News reached out to Senator Young for his response, but he has not returned  our call.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office participates  in the 287-g program with the US Department of Homeland Security, which allows deputies to check on the immigration status of the suspects they arrest. The program is controversial and few other law enforcement agencies around the country participate.

The legislation in the State Senate is know as SB 0835. It’s been crossed filed in the House of Delegates as HB 1362. One of its co-sponsors there is Frederick County Delegate Karen Lewis Young.


By Kevin McManus